We interact with toxins everyday, sometimes in not so obvious places, like our own homes. Toxins, such as plastic, can disrupt the endocrine system and have consequences on our hormones.
To reduce toxins, you can make cleaner choices with the products that you use everyday. This can be anything from the tupperware you have in your kitchen to the bar of soap in your bathroom. If you are just starting to make cleaner product swaps, it can be really overwhelming to determine where to start. I personally like to start with the products that I use the most and replace them with cleaner alternatives. For everything else, I just replace the product with a cleaner alternative as the product runs out and needs to be replaced anyway. I find that this approach makes the process less overwhelming and more budget-friendly.
If you missed it, check out my previous post on 6 Ways to Start Your Journey Towards Nontoxic Living. In today’s post, I compiled a list of some easy, nontoxic swaps that you can specifically make in your kitchen.
These are commonly plastic. Opt for a stainless steel, ceramic, or glass alternative1.
Drinking glasses, plates, and bowls
Ditch the plastic and opt for glass or ceramic options2. For glasses, you could also use mason jars. Mason jars can also double as food storage containers. Or try re-purposing an empty glass nut butter jar for food storage. All you need to do is just soak the glass jar in water to remove the label, clean it out, and you have a new food storage container!
Similar to pots and pans, nonstick baking sheets and dishes are the worst offenders. Opt for a pyrex baking dish instead2.
Disposable, plastic ziplock baggies are a common kitchen staple. Switch to a reusable option instead. Not only is this a more sustainable and less wasteful option, but also nontoxic2! I like brand Stasher bag. These reusable food storage bags can be placed in the freezer and are also dishwasher safe. You can find these at Whole Foods, Target, or on Amazon.
Spatulas are commonly made of plastic. Try switching to bamboo cooking utensils instead. Stainless steel is technically nontoxic, however, it can scratch the surface of certain types of pots and pans and expose your food to chemicals. Because of this, bamboo cooking utensils are a great option. Bamboo cooking utensils are hand wash only and cannot go in the dishwasher.